Kupwara residents Tuesday complained that the footpaths at several places in the town have been encroached upon by the shopkeepers, which is affecting the free movement of the people.
Locals of the town alleged that the authorities were not taking any action against these shopkeepers.
They alleged that the district administration was befooling the people by so-called anti-encroachment drives. "No shopkeeper has been punished so far. Had it been done, nobody would dare to encroach upon the footpath," Arshid Ahmad said.
The locals also complained that the drains in the area were blocked and authorities take no steps to clear them. "I was walking in Iqbal Market. Since the footpath has been encroached upon, it forced me to walk on the road which was submerged by the water as the drains are blocked," complained a local.
"The municipal committee Kupwara is nowhere. It is not dewatering the lanes," said Marif Masood of Kupwara town.
The shopkeepers are keeping their goods outside their shops. "They know that no one is going to take any action against them," Rayees Ahmad said adding, "We appeal to the higher authorities to take strict action against municipal committee Kupwara, which is not doing its job."
Executive officer, municipal committee Kupwara Farooq Ahmad, said: "The men and machines are working round the clock to clear snow from the main market.
"We are continuously on drive against these footpath encroachments," he said.